Not much can be compared to this puppy; nothing ever even come close :-)
When Sharon told me she found a couple of pieces in my studio catching her eyes and would like to have something made to match the B²+1 Maltese Cross earrings, I thought, "Wow, that would be pretty!"
Well, it's way more than pretty, it's awe inspiring!!
It's substantial, sparkly, eye-catching, ... 100% spectacular!!
The cross focal is 3 inches long including the crystal dangles, 2 inches across, nearly half inch thick, built with mostly 14 gauge SWG round wire rings in bright aluminum and jewelry brass, with the hidden "queen ring" of the B²+1 unit in 12 gauge that called for some serious muscles out of this old lady, LOL!!
Ah, but the end result is a mesmerizing, three-dimensional texture that is extremely sensual to the touch, if you don't mind me saying so. I seriously pat myself on the back for this most fabulous chainmaille motif I've ever created!!
Yup, you probably have to be a chainmaille diehard like me to fully appreciate this level of euphoria! But I won't lie, those big and shiny Swarovski gold and silver crystals are the magical touch that really made the whole thing pop! By the way, I'll share a little tip just in case anyone ever runs into this: Apparently Swarovski doesn't make Aurum 2X bicones in 8mm, only up to 6mm, now you know :-)
To match the brilliance of this gorgeous necklace, Sharon picked out the same Ghenghiz Cohen weave for the matching bracelet, but with an upgraded size of my Moon Rise toggle clasp for closure.
I must admit, for as many Moon Rise toggles I've made, each one is still an adventure to create, specially when it's made with thicker and harder metal than pure copper. What we see here is actually the 4th one that finally fit the bill just right, hence the saying, "No two are exactly alike!" :-)
For more views of the necklace and bracelet, they are currently available in my online studio DaisyKreates.com.